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History into Fiction: From Blind Asylums, to Glasgow Strikes and Riots (including Jujitsu Suffragettes!), to The 1920 Blind March

In this (rather long, sorry!) blog I discuss the process – and accidental discoveries – of writing my first historically-based short story, ‘Kick-Start’, about the roots of blind and disabled organising and resistance in the UK. Comma Press has just launched the hefty, hard-cover, Protest! Stories of ...

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Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, Digs DAM History

In his latest blog, Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, explores just what made the Disability Arts Movement (DAM) history so accessible – those who went before him.

“The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it” (Samuel Johnson) “Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the
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What’s in a Name?

“The right words are worth a hundred regiments”, V.I. Lenin in Capitalist Ideology in Anti-Capitalist Politics “Ceci n’est pas une pipe?” Rene Magritte At NDACA, we have collected over one thousand images  and are aiming for two thousand by project end.   In my role as NDACA project archivist, I am now working on the ...

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Disability Associate at Salisbury International Arts Festival

I have been appointed the Disability Associate for Salisbury International Arts Festival. I am looking at the organisations activity within a Disability context. For exampe one of my first 'actions' was to ask all the staff what came to mind when they heard the word 'Disability' and when had they felt ...

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NDACA: From the past, the future…

Since July 2015 I’ve been working with the artists and organisations whose pledges are going to form much of the NDACA (National Disability Arts Collection & Archive) collection. They’ve put up with my visits and questions and finalised what they think best illustrates the Disability Arts Movement and the personal ...